There is no doubting the fact that Real Madrid look a very different side without their lead striker Karim Benzema.
In fact, Carlo Ancelotti has openly admitted this fact, stating that his team are dependent on the Frenchman's goals.
"To say that we are dependent on Benzema is the truth, there is no need to hide it," Ancelotti said.
"I am very happy to be dependent on Karim".
Will Benzema play vs Celtic?
Attention now turns towards whether or not Benzema will be feature in Real Madrid's final Champions League group game against Celtic.
Following a frustrating draw against Shakhtar Donetsk and a loss again RB Leipzig, Real Madrid now go into the game against Celtic needing a win to cement their place as group winners.
Benzema is currently out with a muscle fatigue issue, training away from the first team with fellow Frenchman Aurelian Tchouameni, with the pair easing their way back into first-team action.
Benzema's World Cup dream
The other issue hanging over the Real Madrid dressing room is the 2022 World Cup, which is getting ever closer. Ancelotti knows several of his stars have one eye on football's biggest prize.
Benzema goes into the World Cup having achieved everything at club level. The Frenchman has won LaLiga Santander and the Champions League many times, as well as the Ballon d'Or following a sensational season with Real Madrid.
However, his last World Cup appearance was in 2014, with the Frenchman then banished from the France national team in 2018 for a sex tape scandal that involved fellow teammate Matthieu Valbuena.
This meant he missed France's triumph in Russia and Benzema will be desperate to make up for lost time, as he joins the reigning champions as they look to retain the trophy.
He isn't taking any risks, but nobody at Real Madrid doubts his professionalism, especially keeping in mind that he once put the club first in back way by refusing to have surgery on his damaged finger.
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